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A UK Staycation On The Cards This Year? Here Are Some Of The Best Picks

May 16, 2023

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The UK has so much to offer. Being based in the UK many of us can disregard what we literally have on our doorstep. Of course, that isn’t in the literal sense, even the United Kingdom is small in comparison to some of the larger counterparts in the world. But it certainly has much to offer. 

It figures as to why the staycation has grown in popularity in recent years. More people are boycotting their usual trips to Europe and beyond and decided to explore what we have more locally, and there really is so much to see and do. Glorious cities, fabulous countryside, and beaches to rival some of the best in the world. The UK could be the ideal place to stay and enjoy your annual holiday. But where should you consider going? Here are some of the locations in the UK for a staycation. 

Top locations in the UK for a staycation

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One of the best cities to see in the UK has to be London. The capital of England and an extremely well-known location, there is so much to see and do here that you really are spoilt for choice. Some of the most popular things to consider would be the iconic Buckingham Palace and the fabulous museums you can explore.

You can also explore the city and take in the beautiful sights from up high thanks to some of the incredible attractions on offer. The London Eye and also The Shard are great attractions. London is definitely one of those cities where you will need to plan your visit so that you can fully make the most of what is on offer


Edinburgh is known as the compact and hilly capital of Scotland and definitely has a lot to offer if you wanted to visit for a day, a weekend, or even longer. You have the old town with its medieval influence to enjoy as well as the more modern Georgian style of the new town filled with beautiful architecture and gardens.

You can take in the sights of Edinburgh Castle, which is home to Scotland’s Crown Jewels and the Stone of Destiny and you also have Carlton Hill with its monuments and memorials to enjoy. Finally, restaurants and bars are aplenty meaning you will be able to finish off your day in style. 


Manchester is another iconic city that is definitely worthy of a visit. There are some great museums on offer in the city centre and one in particular, that focuses on the history of Football. There is also the famous Science and Industry museum to explore.

You also have some great shopping in the city, especially when it comes to the high street stores, and the Arndale Center is definitely worthy of a visit. With historical sites, beautiful locations and fabulous dining options, there really is something for everyone here. 

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Cardiff has been named the capital of Wales since 1955, and it has certainly had a lot of investment around the Cardiff Bay Area, making it a great location to visit. It is a port city, where the River Taff meets the Severn Estuary. The revamp of The Cardiff Bay Area now houses the Wales Millenium Centre which focuses on the arts and is home to the National Opera, orchestra and plenty of dance and theatre companies.

Cardiff is also close to some of the gorgeous Welsh countryside, so you can definitely take in the best of both worlds in the south of Wales. 

Anglesey and North Wales

Heading North in Wales will take you to the lovely countryside and coastal towns as well as the island of Anglesey. Anglesey itself has some amazing locations and beaches including Benllech Bay. Anglesey is rugged with beautiful scenery and plenty of things to do. It is often associated with a caravan holiday and is great for families.

North Wales also has some amazing places to see including Snowdonia, where you can actually get to the summer on a railway, or walk it if you feel brave enough. With seaside resorts including Rhyl, Abergele, and Conway, there really is a lot to keep you occupied and entertained in the area. 

Devon and Cornwall

Devon and Cornwall have been an area in the South West of England that has been hugely popular with holidaymakers for many years now. With so many idyllic locations such as St Ives, Newquay, Torquay, Plymouth, and Salcombe to name a few.

There are some great locations including Rick Stein’s Seafood restaurants in Padstow, The Eden Project and the Dartmoor National Park where you can see the wild horses in their natural surroundings. It really is so vast that with them being two different areas, you are spoilt for choice as to which one is the best holiday location. 

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The Kent coast

Another coastal part of the UK in England and one to rival the famous Devon and Cornwall areas would be the Kent coastline. Some say it is the best in the UK. Thanet has some of the most recognised coastal areas include including Margate and Botany Bay, which happens to be one of the most photographed beaches.

The Kent coast is also home to other locations including Whitstable. A lot of the locations in Kent have beautiful seaside fronts that include nostalgic piers and gorgeous walks, as well as lots of lovely bars and restaurants. 

Nostalgic beach resorts 

Finally, what staycation list would be complete without the mention of some of the UK’s most nostalgic seaside resorts? Some that come to mind initially would be the likes of Great Yarmouth, Southport and Blackpool. Blackpool in particular attracts millions of people each year, especially during the autumn period when the illuminations along the seafront are on full display.

Weston Super Mare, Scarborough, and Formby Beach are also great locations to consider visiting if you are having some time in the UK, and they can be excellent holidays that feel like a home away from home. 

Let’s hope that this has got you inspired to see some of the fabulous locations that the UK has to offer.

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